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Wright Robinson College

Music

INTRODUCTION

At Key Stage 3, students at Wright Robinson College complete a carousel of Design & Technology/ Music/ Drama. They will study each area twice within each academic year. Each individual project has been developed to give students the opportunity to fully explore, experience and enjoy these subjects.

 

KS3 Curriculum Map

music learning journey.pdf

 

Curriculum in Year 7

In year 7 students will study music whilst developing their listening, performing and composing skills.  Students will learn about the dimensions of music and they will learn to identify them whilst completing listening tasks on Dixieland Music, Gamelan Music and Pop Ukulele.  Students will build their confidence on musical instruments including the keyboard, ukulele, percussion and singing. They will get the opportunity to be creative and compose musical ideas within the genre they are studying.

How we assess:

Rotation 1 Rotation 2
Overview 

Dixieland Music

Baseline Test

Listening skills - Assessments on Dixieland Music

Keyword Test

Final assessment - The Fluency of a performance on the keyboard with thought to  tempo and using the correct fingers.

 

Gamelan Music

Listening skills - Assessments on Gamelan Music

Keyword Test

Final assessment - The Fluency of a layered  performance on the keyboard with thought to the structure and improvisation skills.

Pop with Ukulele

Listening task on Ukulele pieces

Keyword Test

Final assessment - Fluency of chord changes on the Ukulele

Content

Dimensions of Music:

Pitch, Rhythm, Tempo

Instruments of the orchestra

 

Keyboard Skills:

'Oh When the Saints' learning Notes on the keyboard

Treble clef Stave

Correct finger positions

Extension task - Left hand chords 

Dimensions of Music:

Dynamics, Texture, Structure, Improvisation

Music history of music form Indonesia

 

Keyboard Skills:

Notes on the keyboard

Treble clef Stave

 

Ukulele Skills:

Chords - Strumming and Picking

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible encourage students to play/practise musical instruments at home
  • Encourage students to listen to a wide variety of music
  • Encourage students to complete homework tasks and revise subject specific terminology
  • Encourage students to attend extra-curricular clubs to support their development

Curriculum in Year 8

In year 8 students will study music whilst developing their listening, performing and composing skills.  Students will learn about the dimensions of music and they will learn to identify them whilst completing listening tasks on Baroque Music, Indie Music and Pop Ukulele.  Students will build their confidence on musical instruments including the keyboard, ukulele, percussion and singing. They will get the opportunity to be creative and compose musical ideas within the genre they are studying.

 

 How we assess:

Rotation 1 Rotation 2
Overview 

Baroque Music

Baseline Test

Listening skills - Assessments on Music from the era.

Keyword Test

Final assessment - The Fluency of a performance of Pachelbel's Canon on the keyboard with thought to  tempo -Bass line and Chords.  

Extension Tasks - Variations 

Indie Music 

Listening skills - Assessments on Indie Music.

Keyword Test

Final assessment - The Fluency of a performance of 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' on the keyboard with thought to  tempo -Bass line and Chords.  

Extension Tasks - Sing and Play

Pop Ukulele

Listening skills - Assessments on Pop Music.

Final assessment - Fluency of a pop song performance with good/steady chord changes on the Ukulele.

Content

Dimensions of Music:

Tempo, Texture, Timbre

Instruments of the Baroque orchestra

Musical Eras/Timeline

 

Keyboard Skills:

'Pachelbel's Canon' 

Learning Notes on the keyboard

Bass clef Stave

Left hand bass line

Right Hand Chords

Extension task - Melodic composition to create variations

Dimensions of Music:

Instrumentation, Texture, Dynamics

Instruments in a Band

Fingerprints of Indie music and how it developed

 

Keyboard Skills:

'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' 

Learning the black Notes on the keyboard

Reading Chord symbols

Left hand bass line

Right Hand Chords

Extension task - Sing and Play

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible encourage students to play/practise musical instruments at home
  • Encourage students to listen to a wide variety of music
  • Encourage students to complete homework tasks and revise subject specific terminology
  • Encourage students to attend extra-curricular clubs to support their development

Curriculum in Year 9

In year 9 students will study music whilst developing their listening, performing and composing skills.  Students will learn about the dimensions of music and they will learn to identify them whilst completing listening tasks on Rock and Roll, Musical Genres including R&B, EDM, Reggae and Rock.  Students will build their confidence on musical instruments including the keyboard, ukulele, percussion and singing. They will get the opportunity to be creative and compose musical ideas within the genre they are studying.

  

How we assess:

Rotation 1 Rotation 2
Overview 

Rock and Roll

Baseline Test

Listening skills - Assessments on Rock and Roll Music.

Keyword Test

Final assessment - The Fluency of a performance on the keyboard with thought to  tempo and using the correct fingers.

Musical Genres

Listening skills - Assessments on different musical genres

Keyword Test

Final assessment - A performance of a song from one of the four genres.  Students can choose to perform a solo or duet.  They can choose the instrument from keyboard, vocals, drum kit.  

Content

Dimensions of Music:

Pitch, Rhythm, Tempo, Chords, Walking Bass Lines

 

Keyboard Skills:

'12 Bar Blues'

 

Walking Bass Line.

Correct finger positions for the left hand.

Extension task - Left hand chords right hand improvisation.

Dimensions of Music:

Melody, Timbre, Electronic Instruments, Tempo / BPM

Rhythm - Syncopation 

Keyboard Skills:

To perform music from different genres 

 

Learning about the Fingerprints of R&B / EDM / Reggae / Rock music and how they sound and developed.

 

Syncopated melody lines

Extension task - Sing and Play

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible encourage students to play/practise musical instruments at home
  • Encourage students to listen to a wide variety of music
  • Encourage students to complete homework tasks and revise subject specific terminology
  • Encourage students to attend extra-curricular clubs to support their development 

Curriculum in Year 10

Name of Course and Exam Board: 

RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners
RSL Level 2 Certificate in Technology and Composition for Music Practitioners

Method of External Assessment:

Coursework:

Unit 204ta – Musical Knowledge (20%)

Unit 205ta – Composing Music (40%)

Examination:

Unit 202ta – Live Music Performance (40% – External)

Or

Unit 203ta – Technology and Sequencing (40% – External) 

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Year 10 Spring Term Year 10 Summer Term Year 10
Overview 

Baseline test

Solo Performance assessment 

Composition  Task

Chords/Melody and Drum track 

Musical Knowledge

Research task 

Ensemble Performance assessment

 

Composition  Task 

With Developed ideas

 

Musical Knowledge

Fingerprints of their chosen genre 

Mock Exam Performance or Composition

30 hours

Content

Music Theory – Understanding dimensions in music
Music Theory – Key features of Musical Genres.


Examination prep – Repertoire 

Rehearsal Techniques and skills audit and target setting
Performance study – Solo performance – Focus expression

Composition Tasks

How to compose melodies, bass lines

How to harmonise and develop chord sequences

How to input

Music Theory – Harmony /Chords
Music Theory – Key features of Musical Genres
Music Theory – How to complete an analysis of a song
Examination prep – Repertoire / Composition Task –
Performance study – Ensemble performance – Focus timing/tempo
Understanding the rehearsal process, skills audit and target setting

Mock Exam Performance or Composition


Performance – Plan, Rehearse, Perform 10 min set and evaluate


Composition – Plan, Record audio ideas, Compose 3-5 min piece , Evaluate

 

Autumn Term Year 11

Spring Term Year 11 Summer Term Year 11
Overview 

Musical Knowledge

Task 1 and 2 submission 1 - Dec

Composition 

Task 1 Submission 1

 

External Examination

30 hours

Opportunity to improve / complete coursework for final submission.

 

Opportunity to resit external exam

Content

Musical Knowledge Task 1 and Task 2

Individual research on their musical genres

 

Analysis of songs using the dimensions of Music

 

Composition Task 1 

How to structure a 3 min composition

Development of ideas

Sounds and how they work together

 

Exam repertoire rehearsal - Stage presence

Exam Performance or Composition
Performance – Plan, Rehearse, Perform 10 min set and evaluate.


Composition – Plan, Record audio ideas, Compose 3-5 min piece , Evaluate

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible encourage students to practise their musical instrument at home
  • Encourage students to listen to a wide variety of music
  • Encourage students to complete coursework/ homework tasks and revise subject specific terminology
  • Encourage students to attend extra-curricular clubs to support their development